These bread bowls are the perfect vehicle for your favorite soup, chili or party dip.
Yield: 3 bread bowls
- 1¼ cup warm water
- 3¾ cups bread flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1½ tsp sugar
- 2¼ tsp (one (1/4oz) packet) RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
- 3 Tbsp white cornmeal (for dusting on sheet pan)
Bread Machine Method:
- Have water at 80°F and all other ingredients at room temperature. Place ingredients in pan in the order listed (except the cornmeal). Select dough/manual cycle. Check dough consistency after 5 minutes of kneading. The dough should be in a soft, tacky ball. If it is dry and stiff, add water, ½ to 1 tablespoon at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time. At end of cycle, remove the dough and continue with the Shaping, Rising, and Baking directions below. See our Bread Machine section for more helpful tips and information.
- Hand-Held Mixer Method - Combine yeast, 1 cup flour, salt, sugar and yeast in mixing bowl. Add warm water (120-130°F, not too hot to touch) to the flour mixture, mix on low speed until combined. Beat 2 to 3 minutes on medium speed. By hand, stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Use additional flour if necessary. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe. Continue with the Shaping, Rising, and Baking directions below.
- Stand Mixer Method - Combine yeast, 1 cup flour, salt, sugar and yeast in mixer bowl.
- Add warm water (120-130°F, warm but not too hot touch) to flour mixture, mix with paddle for 4 minutes on medium speed. Gradually add remaining flour and knead with dough hook for 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe. Continue with the Shaping, Rising, and Baking directions below.
Food Processor Method
- Have all ingredients at room temperature. Put flour, salt, sugar and yeast in processing bowl with steel blade. While motor is running, add water. Process until mixed. Continue processing, adding remaining flour until dough forms a ball. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe. Continue with the Shaping, Rising, and Baking directions below.
Shaping, Rising and Baking
- Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Divide and shape into three round balls. Place on greased cookie sheet covered with cornmeal. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after touching. Bake in preheated 425°F oven 20 to 30 minutes. Spray or brush loaf with cold water several times during first 10 minutes of baking for a crisper crust. Remove from cookie sheet; cool.
- To make bowls: Cut a thin slice off the top. Hollow out inside, leaving half-inch sides. Placing bowls in a 300°F oven for 10 minutes will dry sides and prevent premature soaking from the soup.
- You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast for Active Dry Yeast. Traditional methods- replace 1:1. Expect your dough to rise faster; always let your dough rise until ‘ripe’. Bread Machines- use ½ tsp Instant yeast (or ¾ tsp Active Dry yeast) per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information.
- Red Star Recipe image credit: Thyme In Our Kitchen.
Serving size: 1 Calories: 670 Total Fat: 3g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 136g Sugar: 3g Sodium: 780g Fiber: 5g Protein: 22g Cholesterol: 0mg